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The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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An Amazon Best Book of November 2016: Over the course of a single day in New York City, two teenagers who have nothing in common randomly meet and fall in love. Now I know that sounds absurdly cliché, but somehow in Nicola Yoon’s hands, it doesn’t read that way. Natasha is a practical young woman trying to keep her family from being deported in a matter of hours. Daniel is a poet at heart, but on this day he is dutifully making good on his familial commitment to a college interview. The two are inexplicably drawn to each other and somehow their paths keep converging. The novel is told in alternating points of view, and one of the special touches of Yoon’s book are the chapters narrated by people who are unintentionally part of Natasha and Daniel’s story, mirroring our almost spooky interconnectedness. The Sun is Also a Star is a thought-provoking story of possibility, fate, and the illogical beauty of love. --Seira Wilson, The Amazon Book Review
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Gr 8 Up—It is Natasha's last day in New York City, where she has lived for 10 years. Her family, living as undocumented immigrants in a small Brooklyn apartment, are being deported to Jamaica after her father's arrest for drunk driving. Natasha is scouring the city for a chance to stay in the United States legally. She wants the normal teen existence of her peers. Meanwhile, poetic Daniel is on his way to an interview as part of his application process to Yale. He is under great pressure to get in because his parents (who emigrated from South Korea) are adamant that he become a doctor. Events slowly conspire to bring the two leads together. When Daniel and Natasha finally meet, he falls in love immediately and convinces her to join him for the day. They tell their stories in alternating chapters. Additional voices are integrated into the book as characters interact with them. Both relatable and profound, the bittersweet ending conveys a sense of hopefulness that will resonate with teens. VERDICT This wistful love story will be adored by fans of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park and by those who enjoyed the unique narrative structure of A.S. King's Please Ignore Vera Dietz.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
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This novel moves between two narrators: Daniel and Natasha. Daniel is a Korean immigrant who is struggling with his parents' expectations that he go to Yale and become a doctor. Natasha and her family are illegals being deported to Jamaica immediately unless they can find some last minute assistance to allow them to remain in the United States.
These two teenagers meet and have only a day together, yet both fall in love. I wanted Natasha and Daniel to have a happily ever after, for Daniel to be able to forge his own path, for Natasha's family to be allowed to remain in the United States.
This book was a very quick read, but in some ways I feel like the short chapters and speed of the story prevented me from being totally invested in Natasha and Daniel. Yoon's ending is also a bit unbelievable, which may bother some readers, but which I enjoyed a lot.
This is a good second novel from a talented author. I had such high expectations after Everything Everything, I'm not sure anything could live up that for me.
Still, I love the story line, the back and forth between the characters, the vast difference between them, but also the similarities. Natasha and Daniel are two completely different people from two different races. By a chance meeting, then another, the insta-love begins. They decide to put the idea of love to a scientific test to see if he can make her fall for him in the only day they have. Coincidences continue to line up, and Natasha refuses to believe in "fate" or a "higher power" or that "everything happens for a reason". But when push comes to shove, when is enough, enough? Daniel opens her eyes to thoughts she would normally shrug off, to considering beliefs she would typically scoff at.
NOTE: This book discusses topics like history & science, race, faith, loneliness, suicide... So while the insta-love factor is there, it wasn't making me run away from the story like they usually do.
The Sun is Also a Star is a beautiful tale of two people pushing the boundaries, not just of race, but of beliefs. That two people with open minds can still love each other completely because of those differences.
but like i said the story is fun, the characters interesting, and the writing style different...much better story than her other novel "Everything Everything" (also read for book club)
so if the profanity isn't a big deal to you i would recommend it...
A powerful story of destiny and love at first sight. The characters are well developed and it is eloquently addresses the concepts of expectations and bias. Daniel struggles between doing what he wants and what is expected. Clearly a likable character that struggles to migrate from his Korean culture to his new American desires. Natasha, an illegal immigrant, is a feisty, level headed girl who believes in the power of logic not destiny. The author expertly intertwines various stories throughout expertly connecting them through fate. A light story that looks at some serious topics in a meaningful way.
i absolutely love Nicola's writing.
i definitely recommend her first book as well; Everything Everything.
i got it the day of release (makes shopping so much easier through amazon!) and the packaging was great. no damage what so ever.
This book deals with so many themes: cultural identity, race, family, immigration, religion, etc. The book takes place over about 14 hours and the two characters meet and fall in love in that time. I think some reviewers will dislike the "insta-love" aspect of this book, but them falling in love so quickly is the entire point of the story. Can two people be meant to be? Is there such a thing as fate (as opposed to just a bunch of coincidences that lead to a particular outcome)? Natasha doesn't believe in fate. Daniel does, and he's willing to pursue her until she believes it too. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Yoon talks about "multiverses" and how there might be a universe that exists for every possible outcome. And so when Daniel and Natasha meet there are couple of moments when they think they're having deja vu, as if those universes are colliding together.
I also love that Yoon is always so creative with her narrative style and pulls us into the stories of secondary and minor characters in addition to the two leads.
And yay, representation for all the interracial couples out there that don't often get their stories told!